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Mr. Levin has an exceptional command and keen sense of the courtroom. His ability to observe and fluidly present his clients' issues has resulted in more than $22,000,000 in verdicts and settlements in his last 10 multi-million dollar cases. In addition, he has tried more than 30 cases through to jury verdicts and settlements and has arbitrated and meditated more than 75 cases to successful judgments and settlements. He is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
In the summer of 2000, Mr. Levin was named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch."
In conjunction with his law practice, Mr. Levin has served as an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University since 1998. In his second year teaching at the law school, he was selected by the student body as the school's "Most Outstanding Adjunct Professor." He won this award again in 2001, for the second straight year. He teaches introduction to trial advocacy, advanced trial advocacy, and pre-trial litigation. Also at Northwestern, he is an instructor for the Mock Trial Institute. In this job, he donates his time to assisting undergraduate students who have an interest in attending law school. He teaches them about the courtroom and the effective ways to present a case before a jury.
Outside of Northwestern, Mr. Levin has pursued other teaching opportunities. In 1998, he began teaching with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. In this role, he teaches licensed lawyers how to try cases before a jury. He has taught at NITA's programs at Northwestern University School of Law, Loyola Law School, The University of Colorado at Boulder Law School, and Indiana University Law School. From 1996 through 1999, he was an instructor for the Federal Trial Bar. He lectured lawyers on the art of direct examination and cross-examination. He is also a former adjunct lecturer in law at the DePaul University School of Law. At DePaul, he taught evidence, trial advocacy, and advanced trial advocacy.
Notable Cases and Results:
In November 2000, he settled a complicated medical malpractice action against a hospital based on nursing malpractice for $3,500,000 for a 70-year-old man who is a c-5 incomplete quadriplegic.
In August 1999, he effectuated the highest recorded settlement in Cook County for the wrongful death of a single male in a police pursuit action. The settlement was for $960,000. The highest recorded settlement prior to that time was $750,000.00.
In May 1997, he obtained a verdict in a wrongful death claim, based on improper security at an apartment complex, for the loss of a spouse (female, age 26) in the amount of $5,553,317. This is the highest reported verdict in Cook County for the wrongful death of a woman who was married without children.
In September 1996, he settled a premises liability claim against State Farm Insurance Company for the policy limits of $2,000,000. This resolution was the highest settlement in the state for a woman afflicted with reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
In 1993, he obtained a policy limits settlement of $2.1 million for a man who sustained a closed head injury in a low impact automobile collision. The plaintiff had a normal MRI, CT Scan, and EEG.
In February of 1987, he obtained the record verdict for loss of a finger in Illinois in a product liability case with a verdict of $164,000.
He has argued numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Court. He has also obtained verdicts in the amount of $538,000, $530,000, $350,000, $330,000, $272,000, and $160,000.
Year of Birth: 1960
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law-Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 1986
Undergraduate School: Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A, concentration in insurance and real estate, 1983
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Co-chairman, Trial Techniques Division, 1995-1996 and 1996-1997
Co-chairman of the Trial Techniques Division of the Young Lawyers Section, 1995-1998; moderated and spoke at many seminars to lawyers on the topics of motion practice, tort reform, deposition strategy, evidence trial techniques and strategy, and expert witnesses
Illinois State Bar Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Mr. Levin is married and the father of three children. He lives in Northbrook, Illinois.